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New Simple Church In…Vermont!

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

New Simple Church In…Vermont!

Several months ago I received a very encouraging message from a Justin in Vermont.  Justin left a message that he had been through a type of crises related to his understanding of “church” and stumbled upon our website.  There he found our podcast and listened to several of them and had decided to start a simple church himself.  Over the past several months, I have been encouraged to meet with Justin, his friend Matthew, and members of their community via online meetings using Zoom (something I’m available to do with you as well!).  Their simple church has been blessed to see God move as several folks have committed their lives to Christ in the...

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Francis Chan: Chuck E. Cheese Church?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Francis Chan: Chuck E. Cheese Church?

In a recent Charisma magazine article, Francis Chan shared more on his journey from megachurch pastor to simple church planter. Chan doesn’t think the standard church model is wrong.  But he does think it’s often distracted from what matters.  He compares it to throwing a birthday party for his son.  He could invite a few friends over to celebrate his song and give him gifts.  He could also rent out Chuck E. Cheese and give everyone all the tokens they could want.  Undoubtedly more kids would come to the second party.  But it’s no longer a celebration for his son: “At some point, all the other stuff distracts us from quality interaction with the person...

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“New Life” and “Family” Testimonies

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

“New Life” and “Family” Testimonies

The following is an excerpt from our friends in Jessamine Co, Kate and Kaleb, who lead a couple of simple churches there!  God continues to do amazing things through their availability to young men and women in need.  Read their entire newsletter here. // What’s Been Happening? New Life! The best thing I can share with you from the last couple of months is that a young girl named Kailee gave her life to Christ. Here’s the simple version of the story that I’m sure started a big party in heaven. Kailee started coming to our Wednesday simple church a few months ago with a group of her friends. She didn’t seem particularly interested in God, but she loves...

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A Word of Encouragement

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A Word of Encouragement

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10 MSG Recently, I was treated to one of the more encouraging regular meetings that I have when I met with University of Kentucky Assistant Gymnastics Coach Chuck Dickerson. Chuck is one of the most refreshing human beings I know. (I have shared a bit of his story previously on this blog here). It is no wonder that he was recently named...

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Network Easter Gathering – April 1

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Network Easter Gathering – April 1

We want to invite all simple churches, their friends, and family throughout the region to come together this Easter Sunday morning (April 1st) for a time of worship and testimony! We are going to pack out The Prayer Room on Broadway for a lively morning of singing and stories of new life followed by a lunch at First Southern Bank Community Room for any and all who can join us! Worship and Stories of New Life! Have you or someone in your simple church experienced new life in Christ this past year?  Have they experienced a fresh start as a result of God’s work in their life?  We would love to hear from you!  Please plan to share a brief testimony during our time...

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LexPray 2018 – 24/7 Prayer Easter Week!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

LexPray 2018 – 24/7 Prayer Easter Week!

Once again, we are partnering with friends throughout the city of Lexington to host a week of non-stop prayer Easter week!  LexPray, which started in a spare bedroom of a simple church family several years ago, is now happening at the Prayer Room on Broadway.  This is a great opportunity for you to join together with the city church in Lexington to connect with God in a special way.  Sign-up today for a time slot and let’s fill the whole week as we focus on the Risen Christ this Easter season! How does it work? Once you sign up, you will be emailed instructions and reminders about your prayer time.  During your time at the prayer room, you will have access via...

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Passover Training – March 14

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Passover Training – March 14

Join us for this special simple church leadership training on March 14 as we taking part in a Passover meal.  Our time together will an experiential training where you will learn the significance of the Passover meal and learn how you can lead a Passover meal in your home with your friends or simple church. Even if you are not a part of a simple church but would like to learn how to host a Passover meal, we would love you to join us for this special opportunity!  No need to bring anything!  Just RSVP and show up! Passover Training // 6-8pm // March 14 First Southern National Bank Community Room (3060 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington KY)   Please park in the back and...

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Becoming A Church

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Becoming A Church

Becoming a Church I often get to have conversations with people about the nature of a local church.  Some wonder, “Is my Bible study or small group a local church?  Why or why not?  Could we become a church?”  Even if not asked explicitly, these questions may tumble around in hearts and minds as we collectively wrestle with what it means to be the Body of Christ. – I have mentioned Zumé Project before and how many Christians find it to be a helpful tool in seeing the formation of disciple-making simple churches.  In the appendix of the Zumé Guidebook, there is an idea presented for a group exercise that I would like to highlight.  Perhaps,...

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2017 Year End Letter

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

2017 Year End Letter

Friends, Several years ago I had the picture in my mind of a harbor filled with families working to load up their belongings and family members into a multitude of sailboats. They each were getting in position to leave. They were not coming back. Each boat was filled with their family and friends and they were setting out on an incredible journey–a journey that no doubt would be filled with hardship and adventure, challenges and exploration of the unknown. Boats were loaded and friends and family were in place as they raised the sails. There was a slight breeze that began to blow. However, they knew that a powerful wind was coming and when it did, they would be...

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Simple Church As A “Bridge”

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Simple Church As A “Bridge”

This Sunday night is the Simple Church Alliance Christmas Celebration at Awesome Inc., downtown Lexington, Ky (Details HERE)! We hope you can join us from 6-8PM as we have invited students and families connected with Bridges International to join us.  We will be able to connect with one another and share the story of Christmas through song and fellowship. Below is a note from Micah Lemaster who serves with Bridges about why he is especially excited to connect those they serve with simple church minded families and individuals… My name is Micah LeMaster, and I run an organization called Bridges International at the University of Kentucky. We consist of a group of...

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